A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When ... See full summary »


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A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When Bilas cousin Nopoko gets sick it is Sana's medicine who saves her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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6 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Idrissa Ouedraogo films two different worlds.
14 June 2009 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

It is really sad that films from Africa have largely been ignored by audiences all over the world.It might be because of the dismal state of African politics which has cast an evil eye on African cinema. Idrissa Ouedraogo is the director who has popularized African cinema with his simple yet realistic tales which provide us a profoundly honest yet a dedicated view of harsh African realities.The proof of Ouedraogo's popularity lies in the fact that not only his films have won critical acclaim at film festivals all over the world but have also been successful at box office wherever they have been screened.In "Yaaba",Idrissa Ouedraogo shows us two different worlds which are diametrically opposite each other.On the one hand there is a world of kids,games and innocent fights.On the other hand there is the world of adults full of hypocrisy,adultery,drunkenness and irresponsible behavior.Ouedraogo draws an interesting parallel between these two dissimilar worlds.The film's title character "Yaaba" is labeled as a witch and asked to live outside the village.This is a simple story about the status of old people in African society told with amazing grace.Ouedraogo who has learned film-making in Russia and France knows how to deal with some serious topics too.It is amazing how he tackles the issue of adultery which is a minor theme in the film.The message of the film "Yaaba" has global implications as it has links and threads which can be found in any ancient civilization.

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